"LUV U LOTZ!!"

Pat Morris

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@AugustgaPat

These cut-out cookie hearts are bursting with a Red Velvet filling. Pillsbury’s slogan states, “Nothin' says lovin' like somethin' from the oven.” This cookie recipe that I developed is easy, delicious and says, “Luv U Lotz!”

I use my shortbread cookie recipe (submitted: Dulce de Leche Filled Shortbread Cookies) but cut out hearts instead of circles. For one-half of the cut-out hearts, I cut the center out of a larger heart with a smaller heart-shaped cutter, so that you could see the yummy filling through the top cookie.

Recipe can be doubled! Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!!


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Serves:

18-24 unfilled cookies; 9-12 filled cookies

Ingredients

2 c
all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp
salt
1 c
(2 sticks) unsalted butter (not margarine) at room temperature
1/2 c
confectioners' sugar
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract (not artificial flavoring)

FOR THE FILLING:

4 oz
cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp
butter, softened
1/4 c
confectioners’ sugar
1/3 c
sifted, dry red velvet cake mix
1 tsp
sifted cocoa powder

Directions Step-By-Step

1
FOR THE COOKIES: In a medium size bowl whisk the flour with the salt.

In a larger bowl, beat the butter until smooth and creamy.

Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in the Vanilla Extract.
2
Gently beat in the flour mixture just until incorporated.

Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least an hour, or until firm.
3
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F -with the rack in the middle of the oven.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
4
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

Using a lightly floured 1-1/2 or 2 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut dough; then take a smaller heart-shaped cookie cutter and cut a heart in the middle of each heart.
5
Place cut out cookie dough on baking sheets and put in refrigerator for about 15 minutes -this firms the dough and helps cookies keep shape while baking.
6
Bake in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes -until edges of cookies are light brown around the edges.

Cool on a cooling rack. Makes 18-24 unfilled cookies.
7
FOR THE FILLING: Mix 4 ounces softened Cream Cheese and 1 tablespoon softened butter with 1/4 cup Confectioners’ Sugar and 1/3 cup of sifted, dry Red Velvet Cake Mix plus 1 teaspoon sifted Cocoa.

Mix well, until creamy.
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NOTE: This is not a real sweet filling. If you want it sweeter, you can add more sugar. If you do, you may need a little more butter or Cream Cheese to make it to the desired spreading consistency.
9
Spread filling between two cooled shortbread cookies (Top cookie has the cut-out heart in the center).

If desired, you can sift Confectioners' Sugar over cookies; or decorate with Sprinkles, or colored decorating sugar.
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Enjoy! "Luv U Lotz!!"

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #easy, #Yummy